About the Climate Change Committee
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is the independent expert statutory adviser to Parliament and the UK Government on climate change policy. It was created as a key part of the long-term legal framework set out in the Climate Change Act (2008). The Act sets a long-term target for 2050 (previously for an 80% reduction on 1990 emissions, now Net Zero emissions) and requires that carbon budgets (five-year caps on emissions) are set on a path towards the long-term target.
The CCC has established itself as a high-profile, high-impact expert body in the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its reports can be accessed from the CCC’s website: www.theccc.org.uk.
The CCC is comprised of a Board (‘the Committee’) and an analytical secretariat. The Committee has a distinguished membership of leading experts from the fields of climate change, science, engineering and economics:
www.theccc.org.uk/about-the-ccc/the-committee. The Committee is supported by a Secretariat of around 30 economists, operational researchers, scientists and other analysts.
It is the first body of its kind in the world and brings together different strands of expertise from its members, from government, the research community and business. It draws on existing information and undertakes its own analysis to provide expert advice to Ministers and to Parliament. It is required to give advice to Ministers on climate change matters covered by the Climate Change Act and on an ad-hoc basis as and when requested.
The CCC are seeking a talented Policy Analyst to work in the new Priority Projects team within the CCC secretariat. This is 2-year fixed-term appointment, aiming to start as soon as possible.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity to help inform critical discussions around decarbonisation pathways and net zero policy design in the UK. If you would enjoy thinking analytically about decarbonisation pathways both in detail and at a big picture level, are confident communicating complex findings to others, and take pride in offering support across teams, this could be the role for you.
The role is based within the CCC’s new Priority Projects team. This team sits within the mitigation secretariat (i.e. the part of the team concerned with reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions), with opportunities to get involved in a range of areas across the work programme. The Priority Projects team also includes two part-time Senior Analysts (Civil Service Grade 7).
The role will take ownership of significant parts of the CCC’s policy and analysis programme in the next year. This is subject to change, but is expected to include:
• Leading on and contributing to elements of the CCC’s new thematic work programme, which includes:
Fairness and the just transition, including:
Impacts of the transition on workers and skills. The transition to Net Zero will need more of some jobs and fewer of others. These changes will not be evenly distributed geographically and should be managed to ensure the transition is fair. Our upcoming work in this area will draw on existing external research and analysis and identify knowledge gaps which the Committee could help to fill. We also intend to draw on the pathways we developed for the Sixth Carbon Budget and consider its implications for employment and skills policy, and what indicators could be used to track success in ensuring a just transition.
Who pays for and who gains from Net Zero? A key challenge on the path to Net Zero is how to spread the costs and benefits of the transition across the economy: for households, businesses and the Exchequer. Our work plan in this area will depend on the findings of HM Treasury’s Net Zero Review but will include monitoring the Government’s progress in delivering a transition that shares costs and benefits fairly across different groups.
• Business action. While the UK government must set the frameworks for the transition and citizens must make low-carbon choices, the private sector must invest and transform their business models. We are seeking to broaden our analysis and advice to give more attention to corporate strategies and action.
• Governance and enabling delivery. The challenge of tackling climate change requires a governance structure within central Government and at different geographical scales. We intend to look at coordination within UK Government and the interactions with action at the devolved government and local levels.
• Public engagement. Meeting the Sixth Carbon Budget and the Net Zero target will require increased action from people, as consumers, workers, households, businesses and citizens. The Committee will be undertaking further work on how people can be engaged effectively on this path, with a view to making more detailed recommendations to Government in 2022. The work will be informed by stakeholder engagement, literature review, survey data and work with the Climate Citizens project at Lancaster University.
• Supporting sectoral lead analysts on preparing the analysis and recommendations for the Annual Progress Report to Parliament.
The range of tasks is likely to include:
• Undertaking desk-based analysis and research.
• Quality-assuring analysis, including spreadsheet-based models, and working to ensure our advice is based on the best available evidence and assumptions.
• Drafting clear, well-evidenced and engaging written inputs to CCC reports and other outputs.
• Engaging widely, including with relevant stakeholders in academia, business, NGOs and across Government and representing the CCC at high-profile engagements.
• Presenting findings at monthly Committee meetings and to senior members of the CCC secretariat, articulating clearly your analysis and its complexities, to help the Committee understand the issues and reach its conclusions.
Depending on prevailing priorities, you will need to work flexibly and to tight deadlines across the range of ongoing analysis within the team and across the CCC. We work closely together across the organisation, and as such there are many opportunities to get involved across other work areas and take a lead in organising relevant activities.
Essential skills and experience:
• Deploying a range of quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches
• Excellent numeracy and spreadsheet skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write clear reports on complex subject areas ensuring these are appropriate for the given audience, and to present findings to senior stakeholders
• Working flexibly and proactively across teams and tasks
• Excellent time management
• Drawing connections between detailed analysis and bigger picture policy implications
• External stakeholder engagement
Desirable skills and experience:
• Experience with climate change economics, including considering relevant abatement options and low-carbon technologies.
• Experience with policy development on UK and / or international decarbonisation policy.
• Experience working on wider issues associated with climate change policy, such as jobs, skills, and the distributional effects of policy
• Coding – particularly in VBA or R
• Quality assuring models
The work of the CCC to date has been influential in setting the direction of UK and devolved administration climate policy, and in the development of policy in highly challenging areas. The post provides an excellent chance to work on high-profile policy areas with a high degree of autonomy, with a strong analytical focus, within a supportive team and with exposure to the distinguished members of the Committee. The role also provides an opportunity to develop report writing, project management, influencing and stakeholder relation skills.
The CCC takes personal development seriously and is proud to maintain a highly effective and well-motivated workforce. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop both technical and general skills via on-the-job learning, training and attendance at conferences and seminars. This post offers opportunities for developing skills in economics, policy, communications, project management and leadership.
Successful applicants will agree a development plan with their manager.
Things you need to know
Location: The team are currently working remotely until at least the end of August 2021, before a planned move to offices at 1 Victoria Street in London. On our return to the office we are introducing a new flexible working policy that will allow you to work remotely several days a week if you wish. We envisage this as a full-time position, but part-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered.
Grade and Salary: This is an HEO post and the expectation is that the successful candidate will join on the minimum of the CCC HEO pay band.
Security: Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Nationality requirements: Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non-EEA nationals.
Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Feedback: Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme: The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Candidates will be assessed using four elements of the Civil Service Success Profile framework: behaviours, strengths, technical skills and experience.
For the initial application and sift, assessment will be carried out against the three behaviours below, the technical skill/ability below, and the essential and desirable experience listed in the job description.
If a high volume of applications are received, candidates will be sifted and scored only against the first behaviour (‘Making Effective Decisions’).
Further information will be provided about assessment at interview for candidates invited to interview. This stage will also use ‘strengths’ as part of the assessment.
Behaviour 1: Making Effective Decisions
• Analyse and use a range of relevant, credible information from internal and external sources to support decisions.
• Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making.
• Consult with others to ensure the potential impacts on end users have been considered.
• Present strong recommendations in a timely manner outlining the consideration of other options, costs, benefits and risks.
Behaviour 2: Communicating and influencing
• Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact.
• Ensure communication has a clear purpose and takes into account people’s individual needs. Share information as appropriate and check understanding.
• Show positivity and enthusiasm towards work, encouraging others to do the same.
• Ensure that important messages are communicated with colleagues and stakeholders respectfully, taking into consideration the diversity of interests.
For this role, this behaviour is particularly relevant to report writing and presenting findings to senior stakeholders.
Behaviour 3: Delivering at Pace
• Regularly monitor your own and team’s work against milestones ensuring individual needs are considered when setting tasks.
• Act promptly to reassess workloads and priorities when there are conflicting demands to maintain performance.
• Show a positive approach to keeping the whole team’s efforts focused on the top priorities.
• Promote a culture of following the appropriate procedures to ensure results are achieved on time whilst still enabling innovation.
Technical skill 1/ Ability: Analytical skills
• Apply appropriate quantitative analytical tools and techniques, and synthesise evidence from a range of sources, as appropriate.
• Assess the reliability and relevance of evidence and give objective evidence-based advice.
• Use models, considering the quality of input data and assumptions and interpreting output data.
• Draw on strong Microsoft Excel skills to analyse data.
A degree in a numerate discipline (e.g. engineering, environmental science, economics) is essential.
The CCC has affiliation with the Government’s analytical progressions: GES, GORS, GSS, or GSR, and it is possible for analysts to maintain these memberships at the CCC. If you are a member of one of these professions, please indicate this in your application, so that we can ensure the interview process allows you to continue your membership. Membership of one of these professions is not required to apply for this role.
Apply and further information
To apply for this post please complete the online application form on Civil Service jobs, ensuring to provide evidence against the key sections:
• Provide evidence on how you meet the three individual behaviours. When completing your response for the behaviour questions remember the STAR technique (situation, task, action and result) when you are preparing your response. Make clear how, in the situation you describe, you demonstrated the key behaviour, drawing on the description of the behaviour in the Success Profiles - behaviours (HEO level is pages 5 -7).
• For the ‘technical skill/experience’ question, this does not need to take the form of a STAR example, but should demonstrate your skills and experience relating to this technical skill.
• You should use the statement of suitability to highlight any other relevant technical skills or essential/desirable experience
• Closing date – Sunday 8th August
• Sift – Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th August
• Interview dates – Mon 16th and Tues 17th August
• Appointment begins – as soon as possible
ResponsibilitiesPlease refer to Job Description